Being under the form of specimens, tissues or DNA samples, of stuffed organisms, dried herbaria plates or deep frozen plastic tubes, collections are of the utmost importance for taxonomists! They contain our basic reference material and our most precious source of study, second only to nature itself.
This view is, unfortunately, not always understood properly and we have heard of too many cases where irreplaceable treasures have simply been lost or destroyed out of ignorance. Nature is under pressure, species disappear, and in many cases collections are the only remaining link with some aspects of the history of life.
We must struggle and convince for the future of our collections, we must conserve them and we must expand them as much as possible.
Parasites mounted on microscope slides
Thaiichthys buddhabutrensis, Early Cretaceous fish fossil from Tailand
Biodiverstiy portal on collections in Switzerland